Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has said that the company’s smartphones already enable commuters to pay for public transport in over 60 cities around the country. He made the comment shortly after Apple announced that its iOS 11.3 update would allow for the integration of Beijing and Shanghai-based transport cards in Apple Pay.

Taking to Weibo, Lei said, “Xiaomi’s nine NFC-enabled mobile phones already support the use of 63 cities’ public transport cards!”

Earlier today, Apple announced support for the addition of new transport cards and the transfer of user’s existing balances from their cards to their mobile wallet. Dubbed Express Transit, the feature allows Apple users to use their iPhones or Apple Watches to pay for trips on public transport.

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Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.